Living in Central Florida isn’t exactly the dream spot if you love to be by yourself or secluded in any way at all. Personal space? What’s that? To tourist there is no such thing and I’m not exactly sure why that is. Maybe it’s the culture differences if they are coming from Brazil, or the Dominican Republic? I’m not exactly sure but they will literally stand on top of you. Example: I was at Carter’s and the lady was ringing up the clothes I was buying for my daughters. Well, not even two seconds after I walk up to the counter a guy comes right up next to me and waits. I stare him down, the lady looks at him (assumes he’s with me because he’s so close), finally I say something to him and he continues to stare at me. Ok so he doesn’t understand. So I motion to him to back the EFF up because I put a hurt on him. He moves back maybe 3 inches. O.M.G.
Anyway, my point gets me thinking about all the theme parks I visit and the craziness going on in the East Coast with Sandy right now. How would I handle a situation that needs some crowd control? I’m not really sure. It scares me though because I think people would go nuts and not give a crap about personal space or the safety of one another.
Or what about the mass shootings that have been going on? Well guess what. Mass shootings aren’t at all a new thing.
Less than 1% of murders result from mass shootings, and while recent shootings, such as the one in Aurora, Colorado, make us feel more vulnerable, these public shootings are nothing new. A CNN online report showcased the worst U.S. mass shootings, which included the following:
- In 1949, a World War II veteran shot and killed 13 of his neighbors.
- In 1966, a man killed 16 and wounded 30 from atop a campus tower at the University of Texas in Austin.
- In 1984, a man shot and killed 21 children and adults at a McDonald’s.
- In 1991, a man drove his car through the wall of a restaurant in Texas, and then shot and killed 23 people.
Here are some tips to staying safe when emergency strikes:
- Plan For An Exit When You Enter. Always take the time to look for exits when you arrive at a new place. The way that you entered may not be the best way to exit during an emergency.
- Notice What’s Around You. That means leave your phone alone and just be aware. Don’t worry about tweeting that something is going on, or making a video that you just know will go viral on YouTube later.
- Prepare In Advance. You know truly know how you will react to a situation till you are in that situation. Taking a self-defence class, knowing CPR, and/or always carrying pepper spray with you is your best bet.
Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf for Home Security. I was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.